Arsenal legend warns Spurs of the dangers of counting the pennies while building a new stadium – and he should know
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But they are dancing with the big boys now. And if you want to be a big club, you have to act like a big club.
I know from my own experience it is so hard to compete financially when you are building a new stadium.
But what happened at Arsenal? Everybody left!
Now Kyle Walker is already gone. Danny Rose has talked about it to The Sun. Eric Dier never denied anything about Manchester United.
At some point, if you don’t match the wages on offer at other clubs, and don’t bring titles, it’s going to be difficult to keep Rose, Dier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
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Signing Davinson Sanchez from Ajax is a start, but only a start. He’s a defender and Spurs have the best defence anyway. There are other areas that need improving.
If those guys don’t win stuff and are still on way less wages — although don’t get me wrong, it’s still massive money for everyone else — they are going to start looking at other options.
They’re not my rules. They are just THE rules.
You might have one season where you surprise people but, if you want to be among the big clubs, then you have to act like one. That is why this season is so important for Tottenham.
I know moving to the new stadium is part of a plan to build long-lasting success. But spending a season at Wembley brings its own problems.
What Spurs experienced last year in the Champions League at Wembley is like what happened when Arsenal did the same.
Rival teams raise their game at such a famous stadium and the atmosphere is different.
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The pitch is also bigger than at the Lane. For a team like Spurs, you’d think it would be easier to open up teams.
But don’t underestimate knowing your surroundings. It’s key in football.
When teams move to a new stadium, they struggle. Arsenal did not have a great record when we first went to the Emirates.
At least Spurs will be playing every home game at Wembley. They will get used to it — the question is, how quickly?
Chelsea will try to take advantage of that today. Second game or not, it doesn’t matter.
It’s Tottenham v Chelsea. They don’t really like each other, no matter what.
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Don’t forget, Chelsea have stopped Spurs winning the title two years in a row now.
I don’t think it’s a crisis at Chelsea. If it had stayed 10 v 11 against Burnley last week, I think they would have come back.
And what better way to rectify that than at Wembley against Tottenham?
But if I’m Tottenham, I’m like, ‘Hey, there’s trouble over there. Let’s put them six points behind us — and put a stamp on that Wembley thing’.
So there’s a lot at stake and I expect a big game.
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